During the annual State of the Town Address on April 26, Marana Mayor Ed Honea said Marana will continue to stay true to its core mission, which is devoted to strong public infrastructure, public safety and public services.
Honea was the keynote speaker during the annual event hosted by the Marana Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 State of the Town, held at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, had a crowd of 420, growing by nearly 100 from last year’s turnout.
Chamber CEO Ed Stolmaker said the attendance still isn’t where it was during the growth boom in 2005 and 2006, but he is pleased with this year’s turnout.
Throughout his message, Honea remained optimistic while promoting the core values that continue to make Marana a successful entity in Southern Arizona.
“We often refer to our core mission as being clean, safe, and a healthy community,” he said. “If we do these things well over a long period of time, we build citizen loyalty and support. Citizens expect good government. It is Marana’s goal to provide excellent core services and do it consistently well.”
Honea stressed that the most successful businesses and organizations have a lot in common.
“You will find a common theme of research, planning and timely action,” he said. “There is nothing overly complex about this model but it doesn’t happen by accident. It takes hard work, careful development of a plan and consistent implementation. Our Marana model is based on the same concept. We take time to think and plan.”
Part of that planning effort also means getting input from the businesses and residents that keep Marana going.
During the past year, the Town of Marana in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce partnered to reach out to the business community, creating what has become known as the “Business Walk,” which allowed council members, town staff and chamber members to walk from business to business and gain a better understanding of the perceptions held by members of the business community.
“It was truly a great experience and the town learned a lot by listening and asking questions,” Honea said. “As I visited each of my assigned businesses, nearly 40 in the two walks I made, I heard many positive things about our community. In almost every business, I heard positive comments about our police, roads, parks and business development center.”
The ability of the town to partner with other programs and organizations such as the chamber for the betterment of the community is an important characteristic for Marana, Honea continued.
From partnering with the chamber, to working with the Marana Unified School District, to work with the Marana Health Center, Honea said the main goal is doing what’s best for the community.
“Partnerships are invaluable to the success of the whole community, Honea said. “We see a great example every July 4 when the town works with the private sector to put on the Star Spangled Spectacular. ”
Finally, Honea talked about Marana’s future and the recent victories the town had in the election, which allows them to own and operate its own wastewater treatment facility.
“We want our utility systems to help support the commercial, industrial and residential growth we are planning,” Honea said. “Our mission is to operate this utility system efficiently, ensuring we fully use the water resources to manage our long-term water costs.”
Planning for future growth is an important step in Marana’s future, as Honea said they are positioned for responsible and productive growth.
Since the 2012 State of the Town Address, Marana has issued 657 single-family residential permits, 170 multi-family units and 48 commercial permits.